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plans. closing arguments expected shortly in the sentencing phase of the oscar pistorius case. we're live from pretoria. and police in hong kong cleared one protest site but threatened to take action, saying essentially, enough is enough. a big welcome to those of you watching here in the united states and around the world. i'm erroll barnett. and health care workers arrived on thursday, and troops are expected to be deployed soon. their role is to establish the treatment centers and an ebola training academy in fact. the health care workers of course have been susceptible to ebola during this fight. in the meantime, a british royal navy medical ship is heading to sierra leone, the rfa august has 100 hospital beds and really a
state-of-the-art emergency facility. joining me live is the ship's commanding officer captain david eagles. thank you for joining us on cnn from the vessel this morning. just give us a sense of the resources this vessel has, and how long it will take for it to get in place. >> yes, good morning, we're fully loaded with all of our humanitarian aid and the stores on behalf of the international development and we have three helicopters embarked. they will be used to transfer stores and personnel equipment to sierra leone where the internal structures are quite significant. it will be used around freetown, sierra leone, where the journey can be circumvented by a 30-minute boat ride. so we're looking to bring secure
aviation and maritime logistic support to sierra leone. additionally, we have hospital facilities which will safe guard the military personnel operating in the country. >> so captain eagles it sounds as if they're desperately needed resources and are getting there just in time. but how do you determine the quite limited resources are used? i mean, the vessel you're standing in front of has 100 medical beds but it only goes so far in a country where thousands are suffering and possibly tens of thousands more could need help before the year is out. how do you decide to use the resources? >> yes, we have our international experts in country. and that is a challenge. as you mentioned in your introduction one of the main parts is the training academy where the u.k. is looking to
train possibly 3,000 sierra leone health care workers since they're well versed in the transmission of ebola. additionally, they're building 700 more treatment units or beds to help in sierra leone. so that is a partnership to help with the government in sierra leone. and the training academy is crucial to that, particularly in terms of changing some of the culture efforts in west africa. to stop the spread of the disease. >> certainly, now it is october 17th today. how long will it take for you to get there and how much time do you plan to remain there in sierra leone? >> it will take us about ten or 11 days to get down there. and during that time it will be spent in training drills to make sure we're ready in all respects with the mission we're being sent to.
the u.k. minuistry of defense will give six months, to work on the outbreak. and whether that extends to u.k. support beyond that initial six months, but in that moment the u.k. mission is standing by for six months. >> captain eagles standing there on board. a real pleasure to get to speak to you about resources that are so needed in many parts of west africa. but at least these resources are going to sierra leone right now. thank you very much for your time today. and now we want to give you the latest information on the two nurses being treated for ebola in the united states. nina pham arrived at the national institutes of health, she contracted ebola from thomas eric duncan who later died from the disease. >> the nih is one of four
specially equipped bio-containment units in the u.s. that is her leaving the plane before she walked to the ambulance. her doctor recorded some video of her just before she left dallas. she was in good spirits. >> thank you for being part of the volunteer team to take care of the first patient. it means a lot. this has been a huge effort by all of you guys. we're really proud of you. all right -- >> by all of you guys. >> now, amber vinson, you see her here, the second dallas nurse who contracted ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as early as three or four days
before previously reported. it is important because that means she could have been contagious when she flew from dallas to cleveland, and while she was there. in the meantime, her uncle reports she was directly in contact with the cdc about her elevated temperature before she got on the flight from cleveland to dallas. he spoke with cnn's don lemon. >> when someone followed up with her monday, just when she was getting ready to fly she reported what her temperature was. and that she was on a return flight that afternoon. and so someone in texas said wait, let me check. update made sever and made several calls to the cdc. >> so mr. vinson, at no point, to your knowledge, did she ever contact the cdc? a health worker in dallas contacted the cdc? >> absolutely, to my knowledge,
yeah, at no point did she directly contact the cdc. >> well, u.s. president obama says he is not philosophically opposed to the travel ban, but he said that would be less effective than the screening measures used at the airports. >> yeah, mr. obama is discussing possibly appointing an ebola czar to essentially head up this crisis. >> it may make sense for us to have one person in partner so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's going forward. if i appoint somebody i'll let you know. >> right, we want to get you live to madrid, spain, now because cnn is receiving
information on the three patients who were suspected to have ebola. al, what can you tell us about those test results? >> reporter: hi, erroll, there were a total of four people admitted to the spanish hospitals here, three in madrid, another one on the spain's canary islands, the ebola watch because of symptoms. the test results are in for two of them. they have tested thankfully negative. but they will have to stay in quarantine here on the sixth floor of the hospital behind me to get a test in a few days. who are these people? one was a man on a flight from paris, and because he had been in liberia, they brought him in with the drivers in protective suits. another person was in madrid and was considered a low-risk contact with the only known ebola patient, the nurse's aide here in the hospital.
and that person had been at home monitored then showed up with a fever. now that person earlier this month was in the same ambulance as the confirmed case hours after the confirmed case was taken to a first hospital. and that ambulance stayed in service, erroll, picking up other people before the officials realized they had to decontaminate. but that person has also thankfully tested negative. we're waiting for test results on the other two people, as well. >> but al, the scenario you just walked us through speaks to the level of fear in some countries. and i mean, why people are so fearful. we say look unless you're treating an ebola patient you really should not be worried. but in this instance, the ambulance that treated ramos was not cleaned properly, went about its business and that caused all sorts of questions should these people now be isolated and
monitored. so what you're telling us, two of these people tested are negative, and two others are waiting. in the meantime, what is the general mood in spain as we see each and every day you almost hear more information about missteps that have happened. >> reporter: well, until thursday, the government and health officials seemed to be getting on the upward curve. because they described it as chaos. to determine that teresa ramos sat around the emergency room for hours. but since then, publiofficials been at the hospital, and they're ramping up training and expanding the number of rooms that can treat ebola patients. they have really been getting on the curve that really shook people up. yesterday, four new people into hospitals on ebola watch. >> all right, there you have it.
al gooden, with that breaking news, three tests, a positive development this day. al, good to see you, there will certainly be more in the days and weeks to come. we also want to bring you this piece of potentially good news. the w.h.o. may soon declare two african nations ebola-free. the end of senegal's outbreak could be announced today and nigeria's on monday. so listen up to those who say all flights to west africa should be banned or stopped. these countries need essentially 42 days without new cases to be considered cleared. and nigeria and senegal may have been successful in containing ebola. as you see by the geography, they are still close to sierra leone and guinea, the hardest hit cases of ebola. and the fallen track star just arriving to court for the friday session of his sentencing
hearing. let's talk to diana outside the courthouse with a preview for us of what we can expect today. diana? >> reporter: you're right, we just saw oscar pistorius just go in about ten minutes ago and court will start in about ten minutes or 15 minute's time. and we are expecting to hear the closing arguments today but not the judge's sentence. we spoke to an official from the court yesterday who told us she believes the sentence will be next tuesday. but this certainly is pretty much the last time that we'll hear from the prosecutor, and whether they sum up if oscar pistorius should go to jail or whether a non-custodial sentence would suit him better. closure of sorts for the reeva steencamp family. >> yes, they have waited a long
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welcome back, police in hong kong are backing up their words with action. they will not tolerate protesters blocking roads indefini indefinitely. >> yeah, they're starting to move in on the protesters, one area has been cleared out in a dramatic operation. >> you're looking at the first cars, the first traffic to be allowed through onto nathan road here. this has been the protest site at this particular area for almost three weeks. well, hundreds of police moved in here just before dawn to clear the site, to clear the barricades. to clear what has effectively been a camp. now, the protesters have been here and two other protest sites. voicing their opposition to
beijing's control. after the central government announced in august it will hand-pick candidates for the hong kong election in 2016. that is when the city is due to see universal suffrage. now, the spokesperson said they will clear the sites. the protesters have made their points. and this is now causing a negative impact on the chinese society. and of course causing massive traffic disruptions throughout the city. the police have removed tents, barricades, with heavy machinery. >> when i came here this morning there was no complaints or resistance. we negotiated with the crowds first, we haven't cleared the whole area, just allowed the traffic and left them with the protest area on the street. >> if we leave now then we're really going to lose this site.
what we're hoping for is more people for backup. so i have to stay here. >> it did appear that one protester was injured during the scuffle and was taken away in an ambulance. now, he also said he is now prepared to reopen talks with the protesters. however, he has made it clear that beijing will not repeal its extradition. n -- decision. now, while this clearing operation may have been relatively peaceful it it going to be much more difficult to move the main group of protesters stationed outside hong kong's government headquarters. and now, we turn to the latest battle with isis. the bloody battle for the syrian city of kobani may finally be reaching a turning point. for months, isis militants and kurdish forces have been fighting for control. but now sources in the city say
increased u.s. airstrikes are helping the kurds push isis militants finally out of parts of the city. at least 14 new strikes have hit since wednesday. and our jim sciutto asked the pentagon press secretary about what is driving the recent surge in those strikes. >> what are the strategic targets then in iraq and syria? and why isn't the u.s.-led coalition striking them more. particularly as you focus so much air power on what has been repeatedly described as not essential to victory. >> it matters to us and to them, and they want it. >> it is not why kobani, why not elsewhere? because it gets to, are you running out of targets? >> the question gets to what we would call strategic needs to here. i can assure you, kobani is not
athlete has just arrived to the courthouse there in pretoria, west africa. you're looking at live images here, pistorius was found guilty of the culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, reeva steencamp. >> my lady, i really believe the accused, mr. pistorius, needs to pay for what he has done. my family are not people who are seeking revenge. we just feel that to take someone's life, to shoot somebody behind a door that is unarmed. that is harmless, needs sufficient punishment. >> well, let's go live to pretoria now where cnn joins us again, as the moments tick down, this should begin in just a few days from now.
the world will find out what happens to oscar pistorius. it has been a long road. >> reporter: it has been a long road and today we'll hear the closing arguments from the state and the defense. natalie, i want to bring in our legal analyst, kelly phelps, to talk about first of all the fact that this week we've heard and gained a huge insight really, to the adequacies and inadequacies of the south african prison system. >> yes, we've had a number of witnesses speak on behalf of the correctional services. what is perhaps notable is that the officials more on a grass roots level working on the ground tended to focus more on the problems in the system, where as they tended to focus more on the progressive policy within the system. >> even he had to admit that the system is improving, but there is still a long way to go. >> absolutely, and i think anyone who has been in a prison
in south africa knows there is a very long way to go. and in light of that it is perhaps surprising that he didn't just get an undertaking that if mr. pistorius was taken to prison, he has the power to do that. arguably it would have made the task for the judge much easier when deciding where to send mr. pistorius to prison. >> but he then said he would go into a hospital facility, but do you think that would have served the state's argument? >> well, the problem is with the assessment process, the key feature is that it is discretionary, if that were to happen there is nothing that the court could do. it is essentially in the hands of the person doing the assessment. and there are double amputees in prison who are in communal cells
and haven't been given special protection. >> that of course is a problem, where they say look, there are many others suffering the inadequacies of the prison system, just because it is oscar pistorius doesn't mean he should not go to jail, too. >> actually, what i hope is that this case might raise attention to the plight of the other prisoners, rather than treating everybody in an unconstitutional or inappropriate way. hopefully it would be a path for those to receive human conditions. >> because you have been in the prisons and seen the circumstances for disabled prisoners. give us a sense of what it is like. >> well, one of the greatest problems for the disabled prisoners is the fact that these prisons are very old. so the infrastructure is not built to accommodate their needs putting a prisoner in an incredibly vulnerable position in the prison. because they need the other
prisoners to help carry them out of the cells and get time in the yard. and when you depend on the other prisoners that much you obviously are in a very vulnerable position. >> one of the arguments is that pistorius, because he is so high profile and well known, there are reports in the papers that he will be taken out, said one prisoner. >> yes, in fact, the report came from the leader of one of the most famous gangs in the prison. so that is a threat that would need to be taken seriously and investigated seriously. >> so many things that the judge will consider as she prepares her sentencing, as we said closing arguments for probably a few hours this morning. and then the judge will retire and we hear will come back to deliver her sentence next tuesday. back to you. >> all right, we thank you, diane and kelly phelps for you there. and again, we'll have that
welcome back to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world, i'm natalie allen, and i'm erroll barnett. two of the stories we're following, two people have tested negative for ebola after being tested. they're still in quarantine until another test can be run of the one of the patients was on an air france flight from paris and another rode in the ambulance with nurse teresa ramos. and a person who contracted ebola in dallas is now in maryland. nina pham recorded this video before she left texas. the hospital there said they just don't have enough qualified people to care for her. >> and the number of cases of ebola is doubling in west africa, every four weeks, nearly 9,000 people have been
diagnosed, mostly in sierra leone, and guinea. and the oscar pistorius hearing is about to resume. the judge is walking into the chambers right now. prosecutors of course want the sprinter known as "the blade runner" sent to prison. the family of reeva steencamp says they want the same thing. the court official believes the sentence will be read on tuesday. so this is the final hearing as it begins right now. >> just as we wait for things to begin we should remember that there is one final witness, we understand, to take questions and then possibly closing arguments. let's listen. and this morning, the case law referred to in its argument. we have not as yet received the argument on behalf of the state.
>> i just found out from the state -- >> we'll make it available now. >> they are available. >> yes. if i find it i will make it available right now. >> pardon? >> if it find it, my lady, i'll make it available right now. >> yes? >> my lady, i think that the on basis that we can approach this matter is that it is beyond any argument that the loss of a
child is absolute devastation. but i think with great respect, it is so necessary to carefully look at the facts as found by the court to try and understand in the context of this tragic event, what should be suitable as a punishment and what not. and then i can place unconditionally on record, i place on record there is an absolute acceptance by the accused of the judgment. it is on that basis that we argue mitigation. but what is important if one has regard to the judgment, and i understand everything must be
read in context, but it is there and i need to highlight this. it is at pages 3326 and onwards i would just read a short passage. where it says, in the present case on its own version the accuse suspected that an intruder had entered his house through the bathroom window. his version was that he genuinely, though erroneously believed his life was in danger. there is nothing in the evidence that suggests that this belief was not honestly entertained. and further, at page 3347, when the court repeated this, by saying from the above it cannot be said that the accused did not entertain a genuine belief that
there was an intruder in the toilet who posed a threat to him. and then page triple 34, coming to the page of triple homicide, very correctly, i believe that the court found the accused moved too quickly and used excessive force. and page 2238, court found clearly he did not -- and i'm just reading one part, that is important. he did not subjectively foresee that he would kill the person behind the door, and then purposely left alone the deceased as he thought she was in the bed at this time. now, honorable members of this court. i have no doubt that the state would present you with cases to tell you about deterrence. to tell you about retribution.
and to try the punishment. and in the process, we all understand the difficulty to absolutely follow cases because the facts are very different. but there was mention made of the case that is quite well published. and i was thinking to myself that maybe we must just remember although it was also negligence there, the people getting in the car there and racing down a busy street and ultimately killing four little kids, they consciously acted unlawfully. they knew, they could not race cars in the street. they consciously acted unlawfully. if you looked at the facts in this case there was no unlawful act is one thing because of its objective stand.
but the accused did not consciously act unlawfully. and it is an important factor in the consideration of sentence. it is -- it is also so important, my lady, that when you look at the excessive force used by the accused, the negligent conduct, this -- of course this is -- there is a high degree of negligence when you fire shots into a door. no one can dispute that. but we cannot isolate that. is it just someone walking to the door thinking there is an intruder and recklessly shooting shots into the door. or is it a reckless person, it is not what we are saying. it is the evidence of a highly
regarded independence psychologist professor scholls. it was the evidence in context by professor derman, it is the evidence by professor foster and that must be read by the evidence of dr. hotzenberg. whatever way we see it, the accused's actions were to some extent dominated by vulnerability and anxiety. and that is very different from a person walking to a door thinking there is an intruder and firing shots into the door. it is a compromise person doing that. and for purpose of judgment, with the same reasonability of approach. that is correct. when you come to sentence you cannot isolate those facts. you have to look at the actions within his frame of mind to see
if there was any deviousness. and what happened, my lady, and i need to share this. on the bus here from the train station two or three days ago i was approached by i think an attorney. he had a brief case. i don't want to say -- anything more because i don't know the man. and he said to me, mr. have your read the book? i said unfortunately i did not. he said maybe you must go and read the book and i went back from court and bought the book and read through it. and it changed the perspective. and i was thinking to myself about the principles. and we refer to case law
sanctioning the principle. but i wanted to make out for myself, what does it mean humanity within society? and all the absolute descriptions and correct definitions by the justice, on what it is and why that should form part of our legal system. and i was thinking back to try and find a situation that would explain it to me. and i was thinking of the person stealing a goat from another person. and you can do two things. you can take that person and put him in jail now for two or three or five years, one year, whatever. that is not how i understand ubuntu. i'm not saying there are not cases where whatever you do you cannot escape a custodial sentence. i'm simply dealing with the principal.
and what it says to me, how ubuntu worked is in this way. get him to give the goat back and if he cannot get him to do something to that society to compensate, to work back. carry water, do whatever. do something good in society coupled with your apology that everyone can benefit. the victim, the family, and the restoretive justice that could not be separated with rehabitation. with that person stealing the goat is back in the community, paying the price in a very restorative way. and one looks at the outcome of the case, and we'll refer to the case and two judges in the high
court explain this principle. one gets a far better understanding of the real meaning of restorative justice. and a far better understanding of the judgments that i will refer to saying previously it was as if it was standard. you commit a crime, you must go to jail. maybe there are cases we must look back and see again, and see if that is really what the law is all about. and of course it is always one danger. and that is the wrong concept of the society. the society is very different from the interests of society. and the case law makes this clear. in society, they will always be a part of society that will want the death penalty of the accused. irrelevant of what the court
findings are. in society they will always be crucified. that is not the case, the case is what is in the interest of society? and that is why the court -- because the court is ultimate custodian on behalf of the interest of society to say taking into account all the facts. what is really in the interest of society. do we have simply to say because the man acted negligently and raised the bar on the negligence for that reason he must be the move. it is not what society wants. is that in the interest of society. the peculiar circumstances, also his frame of mind. and that is what should be entertained and carefully can
haved -- considered. we say, my lady, what happened in this matter. there was and accused and a victim. and very shortly after this the accused became a victim. and i will explain why i'm saying that. and it is for this reason. he was charged, with taking to the bail court on the count of premeditated murder. it's not in dispute that the investigating officer gave false evidence. which was accepted in the trial that it was not possible for him to have said certain things that played a crucial role in bringing out the finding of premeditated murder for purpose of bail. now let's just stop there and go back to the court's judgment, what is reality? reality is this.
we have a man that negligently in an anxious and vulnerable frame of mind caused a death of a person that he loves. can we dispute the relationship? can we dispute how he felt about it? it's easy. we just have to look at the expert evidence. there is not a single witness refuting what the professor said about how the accused felt not only about the deceased but how he experienced the death. the severe emotions. it was confirmed by -- he was objective, independent, it was confirmed, by the appointee, who said inso far as you say he was standing there, not feeling. that is not true.
these are the extreme emotions, his feelings for ms. reeva steencamp. that was the theme of her evidence and confirmed in the evidence of dr. foster, professor foster. that was confirmed in the evidence of dr. hotzimer, there was no talking or therapy in the way that we know it. i was weeping and holding, that is all i could do. those extreme emotions suffered by a person of the accused are not in dispute. there are expert witnesses confirming it. however, what happened? now, you must take that person, go -- fast forward with respect to, my lady, you must fast forward with the ultimate result that he never, ever got even considered that it was ms.
steencamp behind that door. never, ever genuinely believed he was in danger, she was in danger and she was in the bedroom. what has now happened to this man and we'll deal with it, what happened to him. a very different picture. and it is this. he became a premeditated murderer for the wrong reasons in the bail application. some of the members of the media ably assisted by the social media started with the wildest speculations. we will deal with that. how he crushed her head with a cricket bat. how he murdered her because he was under the influence of alcohol and steroids. roid rage. and so on, how he was taking acting lessons when he was
genuinely, highly emotional to come and pretend he had feelings. that is what he was subject to do. i was thinking to myself ever, ever in the history of our law, and i don't believe in any country have i seen an attack. and i can understand -- i can fully understand that the mpa opposed any broadcasting of the defining matter. because i will show to you. and we have the next summary the media reports how the accused was told to look at the photo of the deceased. he left, he felt horrible about the death. horrible, he showed that. he made a mistake. that photo was published worldwide under the banner
"cold-blooded murderer." we'll show that to you. that is what happened. will there be any apology after the court's judgment or any reextractir retraction? no, i decided we don't do that. that is not how we treat the accused. but some members, i have decided, some members, my lady, that is what has happened to this man. he has lost everything. he was an icon in the eyes of south africans on what he has done, what he has achieved. he was denigrated to the extent that all that was left was a rage killer, a cold-blooded killer, a liar, and everything that was horrible.
he lost all his sponsors, all his money. he has no money, my lady. he has no money to pay for legal expenses. he has no money left. we explained the loss that was his car, he sold it not to try to get a better sentence. it was try to do everything possible to make good. his attempts to apologize. well, it was said it was not genuine. that he was abusing a public platform. why couldn't he do it in private? that is what happened to this accused. he was attacked from beginning to end and we know now on incorrect facts, without ever any apology. now, with that in mind, my lady, when we look at the case law and i'm not going to repeat
everything. because it is there. but at page three i refer to the case. the reason i do it is to go back to say even in 1974, it is paragraph nine, my lady. in 1974 where the judge stated, that justice must be done but it must be done with compassion and humanity. not my rule of thumb. that humanity principle is exactly what we deal with. it is ubuntu in the law, african ideals and jurisprudence. it is exactly the theme.
the next case it is s versus gl, where the court said with reference to correctional supervision, and he says i remind -- that is page four. that a non-custodial sentence in terms of supervision, 2761 h. is known appreciable -- even a severe sentence. i am mindful, furthermore, of the shift in the emphasis in our penal system, to reapplication. where he says in assessing an appropriate sentence it is necessary to have regard not only to the main purpose of punishment, namely deterrence, prevention, reformation and
retribution. also the circumstances of the crime committed and the society's interest, while at the same time blaming such sentence with a measure of mercy. and we will develop this in bringing ubuntu. paragraph 11, page four, bottom of the page. the court explained. second, there have been concerted efforts to shift from the more traditional methods, dealing with crime, there was a more restoreative form. another instructive case is paragraph 12, page five. and the court, with approval of a number of cases, i'll just read one case.
it is the second to last paragraph on page five. paragraph 12 where it says, many of those concerned in administration of criminal justice had acquired a particular mindset as a result of years of habituation, to the idea that imprisonment is the punishment of choice for this serious crime. and it acquired a basic mental shift to regard inprisonment as a sentence of last resort. my understanding of this, when someone has done something wrong that is serious, the first inclination is to sit back, is there another suitable way that would be in the interest of all parties? is there a way for restorative
justice? and a way for ubuntu to apply? and that is all the judge is saying. it carries on with reference to the correctional supervision, at the bottom of the page saying as regards for correctional supervision, a youthful guideline is afforded in the decision, s versus r. and it says namely that a clear distinction should be determined from those offenders who ought to be remove from society. in the marijuana case, my lady -- >> we just saw oscar pistorius wiping his eyes there with a tissue as he listens to his attorney pleading his case for leniency as the judge decides
what his fate will be as far as the sentence. >> yes, we're watching there as barry roux watched oscar pistorius, and how he was treated by the media. he says unfairly. and you cut back to oscar pistorius weeping there as he watches from the bench to learn his fate. the judge we understand may decide by tuesday in a case that has gripped all of south africa and indeed the world. we are here slowly but surely coming to a likely conclusion. but appeal is likely because of the controversial nature of the ca case. and of course, her family is sitting on the other side. they say they are not vengeful, but would like to see justice done. >> and we'll continue to listen in and bring you updates on this
. breaking overnight. the first dallas nurse to catch ebola in the united states now in maryland for treatment at national institute of health as we hear from her from her hospital bed. now concerns over the second nurse who flew on a plane diagnosed with ebola. was she feeling sick visiting family in ohio? could more people been exposed? i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is friday, october 17th. we start with breaking news. overnight, the